Education 39 GEDU 519 The Structures of English (3 credits) GEDU 524 English Language Practicum 15 hours (1 credit) GEDU 517 English as a Second Language Assessment and Program Development (3 credits) GEDU 522 ESL Assessment Practicum 15 hours (1 credit) Total credits required for ESL Certificate 16 credits Principal K-12 Certification Program Coordinator (814) 871-5726 MISSION STATEMENT PRINCIPAL CERTIFICATION K-12 PROGRAM The mission of Gannon University’s Principal Preparation Program is to prepare principals as Agents of School Reform who effectively and ethically bring about continuous school improvements that result in increased student achievement. PRINCIPAL AS AGENT OF SCHOOL REFORM The Principal Preparation Program is designed around the conceptual framework of The Principal as Agent of School Reform and is designed to meet the Pennsylvania Leadership Standards and the Educational Leadership Constituent Council (ELCC) Standards. All of the courses in the certification program are approved to meet the Act 45/48 professional development requirement and are also approved as foundational courses for Gannon’s Ph.D. in Organizational Learning and Leadership. PROGRAM DISTINCTIONS Leadership Assessment Candidates take part in a Leadership Assessment at the beginning of the program to lay the groundwork for the job embedded learning throughout the program Cohort The design of Gannon’s program is based on effective models of adult learning. The program provides candidates in a cohort community the opportunity to cooperate and collaborate throughout the sequence of five connected core courses all of which have job embedded internships. Once the learning community is formed, it becomes the basis of a strong professional network that continues to provide support and professional development for the candidates as they move through their leadership careers. Program Delivery Model for Working Professionals Classes meet face to face, online, and in a blended format. Candidates meet a total of 13 times throughout the program. The program takes twelve months to complete. Course sequence: 1st course fall 5 Saturdays (typically every other week) 2nd course fall Blended 3 Saturdays 3rd course spring Blended 3 Saturdays 4th course spring 5 Saturdays (typically every other week) 5th course summer Online 6th course spring-summer Internship Leadership Cohort Mentor/ Portfolio Advisor Every candidate has a Leadership Cohort Mentor/Portfolio Advisor who serves as the consistent point of contact and mentor throughout the candidate’s progression through the preparation program. Highly Qualified Faculty Courses are taught by highly qualified content experts who are respected, current, successful practitioners in their respective fields. The courses are taught by either current school administrators or those who have been involved in the field within the past five years. Differentiated Internships The internships begin during the first course at the introductory level, continue through key skills areas at the developmental level, and culminate during the last course in a mastery level capstone internship. This differentiated model allows candidates to have guided practice and formative feedback from faculty mentors and experienced practitioners throughout the program. Length of Internships The internship experiences take place throughout the program so that candidates are involved in critical leadership responsibilities involving students, faculty and staff, strategic planning, curriculum development, budgeting, and other key areas of district culture. Leadership Portfolio Candidates develop a Leadership Portfolio throughout their courses and internship learning experiences and present the portfolio as a capstone experience. The portfolio is a very effective tool in career advancement. ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS Applicants must: • Complete an application for admission and submit three letters of recommendation, including one from the current superintendent. The letter from the superintendent must speak to the candidate’s potential to become an effective school leader and acknowledge permission for the candidate to engage in internship activities throughout the year. • Have a Master’s degree in Education or a related field from a regionally accredited college or university. • Have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. • Submit final, official transcripts from a graduate degree-granting institution. In addition, The Gannon University School of Education recommends that candidates have two years of teaching experience before applying to the principal certification program.